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THE BEATLES Get Back To Mono

June 18th, 2014

THE BEATLES’ ORIGINAL MONO STUDIO ALBUMS REMASTERED AT ABBEY ROAD DIRECTLY FROM THE ANALOGUE MASTERS FOR VINYL RELEASE

180-Gram LPs Available September 8, Individually and in a
Limited 14-LP Boxed Edition with Hardbound Book

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The Beatles in mono:  This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format.  Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary.  On September 8 (September 9 in North America), The Beatles’ nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork.  Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.

In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles’ acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz.  While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology.  Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.

Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles’ albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s.  Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.

Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles’ albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection’s exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett.  The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of The Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications.

Available now for preorder at www.thebeatles.com.

The Beatles In Mono
* Available individually and collected in a limited 14-LP boxed edition, accompanied by an exclusive 108-page hardbound book.

Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (2-LP)
Mono Masters (3-LP)

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THE BEATLES’ ‘On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2’ Released Nov. 11th

September 12th, 2013

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In 1994, The Beatles’ Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim – hitting number one in the U.K. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks.  A new companion to The Beatles’ first BBC collection, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, will be released on November 11 via Universal Music Canada in 2CD and 180-gram vinyl packages with a 48-page booklet.  On Air’s 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles’ first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band’s members and their BBC radio hosts.

In the studios of the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Beatles performed music for a variety of radio shows. On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 presents the sound of The Beatles seizing their moment to play for the nation.  Thrilled to hear these exciting recordings again, Paul McCartney said, “There’s a lot of energy and spirit.  We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes.”

Ten of On Air’s songs were never recorded by the group for EMI in the 1960s, including two making their debuts with the new release:  The Beatles’ direct-to-air performance of Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You” and a rocking cover of the standard “Beautiful Dreamer”. On Air also includes different versions of six rarities heard on the 1994 BBC collection:  Little Richard’s “Lucille”, Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee”, Chan Romero’s “The Hippy Hippy Shake”, Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman”, and two songs they learned from records by Carl Perkins, “Glad All Over” and “Sure To Fall”.

The Beatles’ tribute to the BBC’s most important pop show of the early ’60s – “Happy Birthday, Dear Saturday Club” – is another surprise.  As John Lennon recalled in 1980, “We did a lot of tracks that were never on record for Saturday Club – they were well recorded, too.”  Paul remembers, “We’d been raised on the BBC radio programmes.  One of the big things in our week was Saturday Club – this great show was playing the kind of music we loved, so that was something we really aspired to.”

Between March 1962 and June 1965, no less than 275 unique musical performances by The Beatles were broadcast by the BBC in the U.K.  The group played songs on 39 radio shows in 1963 alone. Ringo Starr said in 1994, “You tend to forget that we were a working band.  It’s that mono sound.  There were usually no overdubs.  We were in at the count-in and that was it.  I get excited listening to them.”  On their busiest BBC day, 16 July 1963, The Beatles recorded 18 songs for three editions of their Pop Go The Beatles series in fewer than seven hours.

The group played 88 distinct songs in their BBC sessions – some were recorded many times; others performed just once.  At the time, three national BBC stations provided all daytime radio broadcasting in the U.K.  Only the Light Programme network might occasionally play a record.  Most broadcast music was live music.  Consequently, to promote their releases, The Beatles had to play live at the BBC.  “Everything was done instantly,” remembered George Harrison, “But before that, we used to drive 200 miles in an old van down the M1, come into London, try and find the BBC and then set up and do the programme.  Then we’d probably drive back to Newcastle for a gig in the evening!”

On Air also features BBC recordings of 30 well-loved songs from The Beatles’ catalogue, including five number ones and other favourites such as: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Twist And Shout”, “Do You Want To Know A Secret”, “Boys”, “Please Mister Postman”, “Money”, “And I Love Her” and “If I Fell”.

Like its critically acclaimed predecessor, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 includes audio of The Beatles talking to DJs Brian Matthew and Alan Freeman and Pop Go The Beatles hosts Lee Peters and Rodney Burke.  When first broadcast, pop fans were amazed to hear such witty irreverence on the rather formal BBC and it is great fun to hear these extracts now.  In addition, On Air releases, for the first time, the group’s candid interviews for the Pop Profile series recorded in November 1965 and May 1966.

Newly remastered for reissue on November 11 November, The Beatles’ first Live at the BBC album sounds and looks better than ever.  This collection of the group’s BBC sessions mixed versions of their hits with a treasure trove of 30 songs The Beatles performed on air but never released on record in the 1960s.  The compelling track-list ranged from a rare performance of the little-known Lennon-McCartney original “I’ll Be On My Way” to covers of classic rock ’n’ roll and contemporary rhythm and blues songs.  At the time of its release, Live at the BBC was hailed by Rolling Stone as “an exhilarating portrait of a band in the process of shaping its own voice and vision.”  It earned a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Historical Album.

Live at the BBC was assembled by George Martin in 1994 and On Air – Live at the BBC Volume Two was compiled and researched by producers Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley.  Both albums have been meticulously mastered by engineers Guy Massey and Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.  The booklets for both collections include Kevin Howlett’s essays on the history of The Beatles’ BBC radio sessions and his detailed commentaries on all of the tracks.

The Beatles:  On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2

CD ONE
1.         And Here We Are Again (Speech)
2.         WORDS OF LOVE
3.         How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)
4.         DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET
5.         LUCILLE
6.         Hey, Paul… (Speech)
7.         ANNA (GO TO HIM)
8.         Hello! (Speech)
9.         PLEASE PLEASE ME
10.       MISERY
11.       I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU
12.       A Real Treat (Speech)
13.       BOYS
14.       Absolutely Fab (Speech)
15.       CHAINS
16.       ASK ME WHY
17.       TILL THERE WAS YOU
18.       LEND ME YOUR COMB
19.       Lower 5E (Speech)
20.       THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
21.       ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
22.       THERE’S A PLACE
23.       Bumper Bundle (Speech)
24.       P.S. I LOVE YOU
25.       PLEASE MISTER POSTMAN
26.       BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
27.       DEVIL IN HER HEART
28.       The 49 Weeks (Speech)
29.       SURE TO FALL (IN LOVE WITH YOU)
30.       Never Mind, Eh? (Speech)
31.       TWIST AND SHOUT
32.       Bye, Bye (speech)
33.       John – Pop Profile (Speech)
34.       George – Pop Profile (Speech)

CD TWO
1.         I SAW HER STANDING THERE
2.         GLAD ALL OVER
3.         Lift Lid Again (Speech)
4.         I’LL GET YOU
5.         SHE LOVES YOU
6.         MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
7.         HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SATURDAY CLUB
8.         Now Hush, Hush (Speech)
9.         FROM ME TO YOU
10.       MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT)
11.       I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
12.       Brian Bathtubes (Speech)
13.       THIS BOY
14.       If I Wasn’t In America (Speech)
15.       I GOT A WOMAN
16.       LONG TALL SALLY
17.       IF I FELL
18.       A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech)
19.       AND I LOVE HER
20.       Oh, Can’t We? Yes We Can (Speech)
21.       YOU CAN’T DO THAT
22.       HONEY DON’T
23.       I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN
24.       Green With Black Shutters (Speech)
25.       KANSAS CITY/HEY-HEY-HEY-HEY!
26.       That’s What We’re Here For (Speech)
27.       I FEEL FINE (STUDIO OUTTAKE)
28.       Paul – Pop Profile (Speech)
29.       Ringo – Pop Profile (Speech)

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The BEATLES’ Live At BBC Vol.2 Official?

September 11th, 2013

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Today the news were announced officially: Amazon.com jumped the gun ahead of Apple and Universal, when they announced the release of the brand new double album by The Beatles, “On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2″.
The release date will be November 11th in the USA, which is a Monday. So far, the contents of the new release is not known.
Stay tuned to TheBeatles.com, we’re sure they’ll come around eventually!

Courtesy of Wog Blog.

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